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Poetry Editing: A Rubric

by Joe Weil Poetry and Poetics
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After writing a poem (never during or before the poem), ask yourself these questions.

Poem of the Week: Alison Rogers Napoleon

by Colie Hoffman Poems of the Week
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[Cycle]

Didactic Sonnet

by Joe Weil Academia
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If Plato came back today and saw the workshop, craft obsessed nature of poetics, he’d give his approval, but not for reasons poets might like: Plato would approve because the stupidity of inspiration has been removed from the writing of poems.

The Practice of Poetry

by Gene Tanta Academia
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The poetry lesson is that poetry is a practice.

An Open Letter to James Franco

by Eric Kocher Academia
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Being in workshop with you isn’t going to make me famous, nor am I going to end up on Judd Apatow’s speed dial, no matter how good the on-screen chemistry between me and Seth Rogan might be…

Poem of the Week: Adam Tessier

by Genevieve Burger-Weiser Poems of the Week
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[Dead reckoning]

Kenneth Burke: Do you Eros into Logos? (with a note on Tu Fu)

by Micah Towery Poetry and Poetics
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Poets who write for self-expression write awful poetry. They don’t seek advice but affirmation.

Gatekeepers of Literary Greatness

by Joe Weil Academia
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The more things same, the more they same the change.
Things change by staying the same.
Things stay the same by changing.

The Lyric Workshop, Session 1: Theme From Shaft

by Sarah V. Schweig Academia
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PROFESSOR: Mary Ann, would you mind reading your poem aloud so that we can hear it in your own voice?

MARY ANN: Absolutely. Ahem.

Who’s the black private dick
That’s a sex machine to all the chicks?
SHAFT!
Ya damn right!